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Sarah Silverman Talks Season Three and More

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 4th 2010 11:04AM
Sarah Silverman on The Sarah Silverman ProgramIt may not have seemed that Sarah Silverman was busy in 2009, especially since the last time we saw 'The Sarah Silverman Program' on Comedy Central was December of 2008. But she was busy behind the scenes.

Silverman filmed 'Saint John of Las Vegas' with Steve Buscemi, which played the festival circuit last year and gets a wider release this year, 'Peep World' with Michael C. Hall and Rainn Wilson, and wrote her memoir, 'The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee,' which is due in April.

Silverman was also negotiating with Comedy Central for 'The Sarah Silverman Program.' Comedy Central wanted to cut her budget from $1.1 million per episode to $850,000, which was a non-starter for Silverman and her partners.

But the show goes on, thanks to the Logo network. Season three of 'The Sarah Silverman Program' debuts tonight at 10:30PM EST on Comedy Central, after the season debut of 'Important Things with Demetri Martin.' New episodes will air every Thursday on Comedy Central and re-air every Tuesday on Logo.

No one is happier about that than Silverman. "We couldn't make the season work with the lower budget we were given," she says. "We didn't want to do a show that didn't even visually resemble previous seasons and we had given up on doing a third season and then Logo swept in, subsidized the rest of what we needed for the budget and saved us. We owe them everything."

Comedy Central seems pleased, too. In a statement made by e-mail, network president Michele Ganeless said, "We love Sarah and we're thrilled the show is returning for a third season. 'The Sarah Silverman Program' is a quintessential Comedy Central show - the kind you won't see on any other network. Sarah is a singular talent with a unique point of view, and airing it on Logo allows us to broaden the viewership as well as take advantage of the synergy within MTV Networks. As always, Sarah pushes the limits this season - you won't want to miss it!"

What happens when it comes to season four, though, is anybody's guess. "We never know if we're picked up or not," says Silverman. "Comedy Central likes to see the ratings of every episode before they decide if they want to order more shows. It's unfortunate for us."

Cast of The Sarah Silverman ProgramDon't expect the show to change for the Logo network. "They asked for nothing content wise," says Silverman. "I can't say enough about how much I appreciate that."

That means the same kind of outrageousness audiences have come to expect from seasons one and two. In tonight's episode, for example, Laura tells Sarah she was born a hermaphrodite and presents her with her... severed manly appendage. Sarah grows a mustache and wears the appendage around her neck, getting in touch with her masculine side.

Silverman says she and her writers don't go for the offensive or outrageous for its own sake. "Never," she says. "We just write what makes us laugh. Looking to push buttons is a little sweaty."

Sarah, the character, is as self-absorbed and lacking in inhibition as ever, which begged the question, could she ever find someone like her and find love? "An equally self-absorbed person would be the WORST possible match, wouldn't it?" she says. "Actually, I do have a love interest in an episode - my imaginary friend from childhood comes back all grown up [played by Andy Samberg]."

Brian and Steve are also back, providing the good-natured, fuzzy soul of the show. "They have a great arc this season," says Silverman, "and in episode 8, they have the 'A' story in the episode. Not only that, but I challenge you not to cry at the end of it."

The one thing Silverman hasn't had much time for is her stand-up, though she hasn't abandoned it completely. "I'm really starting over, stand-up wise," she says. "My old stuff is dead and I've been working, writing and shooting the show so I hadn't been working on it. Now recently I've been working on it and it's slowly but surely coming together. I have about 20 new minutes. I'm not good at just pounding out material. I'm more of a slow and steady wins the race type."

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Ug... Saw here on Letterman. Sarah's cutesy mugging comedy is getting annoying, she hasn't grown at all comedy-wise. Very disappointing!

February 04 2010 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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